Hela in India

Joshua Project has identified the Hela only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Hela people of Uttar Pradesh are a landless people. Some are agricultural workers, but they are better known as scavengers, mat-weavers, and basket-weavers. In today's world some are in business, trade, and services. Most live in urban areas, especially those that live in neighboring Madhya Pradesh.

Families negotiate who will marry whom. They marry their daughters at about age 16 and their sons between 29-22. The wedding is at the bride's home, but they have a nuptial ceremony at the groom's home. They allow for divorce for either party on the grounds of adultery, maladjustment, or cruelty. Women can generate income, and they are involved with rituals and religious matters.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hela people are almost entirely Hindu. They worship all the Hindu deities and participate in all Hindu festivals. At Hela weddings, they worship family deities. Every family propitiates their own family and clan gods.

Prayer Points

Pray that they will give their entire devotion to Jesus Christ.

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People Name General Hela
People Name in Country Hela
Population in India 59,000
World Population 59,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Betangi, Bhangi, Bhanti, Dom, Halakhor, Haler, Hela Mehtar, Mehtar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Hela
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16921
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (58,000) Chhattisgarh (200) Uttarakhand (100) Rajasthan (60)
Madhya Pradesh (40) West Bengal (40)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (58,000) Chhattisgarh (200)
Uttarakhand (100) Rajasthan (60)
Madhya Pradesh (40) West Bengal (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (48,000) Bhojpuri (6,800) Bagheli (1,200) Kanauji (700)
Awadhi (500) Bundeli (400) Chhattisgarhi (200) Garhwali (100)
Kumaoni (30) Haroti: Harauti (30) Dhundari Urdu
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 48,000 Bhojpuri 6,800
Bagheli 1,200 Kanauji 700
Awadhi 500 Bundeli 400
Chhattisgarhi 200 Garhwali 100
Kumaoni 30 Haroti: Harauti 30
Dhundari 10 Urdu 10
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.98 %
0.02 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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